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Mazor X technology at St. E makes spinal fusion surgery more precise — and easier for surgeons

The next step in minimally invasive spinal (lumbar) fusion is now available at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Mazor X technology is making it easier for surgeons to be more precise and efficient during spinal fusion surgery. The result is that fewer patients need to undergo revision surgery following spinal fusion, due to the precision Mazor X offers.    Dr. Nichols Spinal fusion may be needed when a...

Baptist Life Communities nursing centers in Newport and Erlanger receive industry accreditation

Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport and Village Care Center in Erlanger have received Providigm’s Advanced Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement Accreditation for 2017. The recognition identifies the facilities as skilled nursing centers actively performing Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement activities. Less than 2 percent of the skilled nursing facilities in the country have...

Foundation for Healthy KY’s Ben Chandler gives legislature overview of state’s health challenges

Citing the need for Kentucky to move from a health care rescue system that treats patients once they become acutely ill to a system that promotes health on the front end, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky today outlined several policy measures to improve Kentucky’s relatively poor health compared to the rest of the nation.   The presentation made by President and CEO Ben Chandler at Wednesday’s...

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market hosting UC mobile mammography van 9-noon tomorrow; get a gift card

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is hosting the University of Cincinnati Medical Center’s mobile mammography unit tomorrow at its Newport location (82 Carothers Road) from 9-noon. And Fresh Thyme will provide a $5 gift card to all who participate. Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets provide fresh, nutritious and healthy foods at affordable values in a fun shopping environment. Promoting healthy eating is central...

Thomas More College graduate taking part in sports medicine research into concussions, knee injuries

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The knee injuries that disrupted Katie Kitchen’s college basketball career triggered her interest in sports medicine research and the Cold Spring resident has taken part in some fascinating studies over the last two years. Katie Kitchen conducts workouts for sports medicine research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. (Photo by Terry...

SmartHealthToday: Animal therapy goes back long way; what we know is ‘unconditional love’ is healing

By Shelly Reese SmartHealth Today Although animal-assisted therapy dates only to the 1990s, people have long had a gut appreciation for the succor animals provide. In the 1960s child psychologist Boris Levinson wrote about “pet therapy” after observing the role his dog, Jingles, played in helping patients open up. Florence Nightingale wrote about the ways “animal companions” helped soldiers...

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky to offer workshop on creating healthier, tobacco-free policies

Businesses looking to create healthier workplaces for their employees can learn how to implement tobacco-free policies at a workshop hosted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in Louisville Aug. 31. Smoking costs businesses an estimated $5,800 per smoker in extra expenditures each year, including productivity losses and additional health care costs, and puts them at risk for the health consequences...

Collaborative academic-community partnership program to address health needs in Appalachia

The Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) centers at the University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, University of Kentucky, Pennsylvania State University and West Virginia University have launched a new pilot funding program to support innovative, long-term collaborations between academic medical institutions and community partners with goal of improving health in Appalachia. The...

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky seeks contact info for groups that wish to be listed in 2017 directory

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky will issue its 2017 statewide directory of Kentucky-based coalitions and other groups that are working to improve health in their communities. It is asking groups wishing to be listed to enter their contact information in an online form by Sept. 8. The Foundation and other organizations use the directory to offer training, share funding opportunities, and connect...

Adam Duvall grew up with Type 1 Diabetes and learned to deal with it to play pro baseball

Cincinnati Reds left fielder Adam Duvall signs a small bat for Hannah Dunn, of Union in the Total Joint Center at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood. Hannah spoke to Adam about diabetes. (Photo by Gary Landers) Adam Duvall, Cincinnati Reds left fielder, visited with patients at St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s Total Joint Center this week. As a professional athlete, Adam Duvall understands what it...

HealthSouth rehabilitation hospital to host groundbreaking for expansion on August 23

HealthSouth Northern Kentucky Rehabilitation Hospital will host a community groundbreaking ceremony for the hospital’s expansion on Wednesday, Aug. 23 from 10-11 a.m. The event will be held outside of the hospital, which is located at 201 Medical Village Drive in Edgewood. Presentation remarks will be given by Troy DeDecker, president of HealthSouth’s central region; Jeremy Yates, CEO of HealthSouth...

Five Northern Kentucky schools get Public Health grants for healthy living, violence prevention, more

More than $200,000 of grant funding from the Kentucky Department for Public Health has been distributed to five Northern Kentucky school districts to support initiatives that reduce substance abuse, violence, underage drinking, bullying and suicide, as well as programs that promote long-term educational and career success. The Early Childhood Healthy Living grants will run through June of 2019. “We...

Trump threat to stop subsidies has insurers jumpy; CareSource to refile rate plan in 61 counties

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News President Trump’s threats to stop funding the cost-reduction payments that help low- and moderate-income people afford Obamacare health insurance has created great uncertainty for insurers, and is likely the reason CareSource just withdrew its initial rate filing in Kentucky. CareSource, which planned to offer individual plans in 61 Kentucky counties, originally...

CHSS: Where people live affects their health; see how we responded to Interact for Health’s questions

According to the 2017 Community Health Status Survey (CHSS), sponsored by Interact for Health, about 3 in 10 Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky adults (32 percent) said the region was excellent or very good as a healthy place to live. This is about the same as 2013. “Where people live affects their health,” says O’dell Moreno Owens, M.D., M.P.H., President/CEO of Interact for Health. “Living...

Heroes Against Heroin Humanitarian Awards honor those on the front lines fighting the heroin epidemic

Transitions, Inc. is honoring members of the Greater Cincinnati Community who have been nominated by the community to receive special recognition for their work in providing hope to those individuals, families and the community affected by heroin use. Award Winners will be honored at an Awards Gala and WEBN Fireworks Viewing Party on Sunday, September 3, at the Metropolitan Club in Covington. A Call...